Queer as Folk (2000–2005)
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Hard Decisions 

Debbie finds she is not missed at the diner, as her replacement is just as popular as she is. Classmates find out about Hunter's HIV status.



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Episode credited cast:
Melanie Marcus
Professor Ben Bruckner
Lindsay Peterson
Brian Kinney
Justin Taylor
Ted Schmidt
Emmett Honeycutt
Michael Novotny
Debbie Novotny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James 'Hunter' Montgomery
Marcus Beaudette ...
Didn't order this
Derek Boyes ...
Coach Jim Bass
Lee Chun ...
Fly Boy #1
Wesley Connor ...


Brian and Justin have hot quartet-sex with a guy couple which lasts for years thanks to sharing sex with others, to Brian's non-monogamous taste. Ted is about to have his plastic surgery, Emmett helps him trough last minute doubts. Brian prepares a superheroes party in Babylon, somehow hoping to lure Mikey back to the inner city. Hunter is happy in his school's swim team thanks to Ben's paternal support, but when he hits his head and bleeds in the pool, HIV-panic strikes, the seropositive kid considers dropping out completely even before the gay bashing begins. Debbie has everything she wants, and time to enjoy it, but now envies lesbian Loretta Pye who has 'her' job and popularity, yet helps her when husband Daryl claims her back. The three way-split custody makes all parents unhappy. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance



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5 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When asked about her plans for the day, Debbie replies "A matinee, a Pinter play, perhaps a piece of Mahler." It is a quote from the song Ladies Who Lunch from Stephen Sondheim's musical Company. See more »


References Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) See more »


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Debbie = AMAZING!
29 January 2008 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

Episode 504 "Who are you?" "I'm the one with the baseball bat!" ~Daryll and Debbie

This was another great episode with another great performance by Rosie O Donnell. When her husband shows up to take her back, Loretta fights back thanks to the help of Debbie in an awesome scene. Brian also refuses to believe in the concept of marriage every time that Justin brings it up. The scenes with Ted wanting (and getting) plastic surgery were altogether hilarious. This was a great episode, and it had several explosive moments. Hunter's classmates finding out about his HIV was terrifying and realistic. Michael and Ben are just so perfect together, I can't get over it!

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